Mike Walker

George Orwell: A BBC Radio Collection
  • George Orwell: A BBC Radio Collection

    • George Orwell

    • Mike Walker

    • Jonathan Holloway

    • Christopher Eccleston (Read by)

    • Clive Merrison (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Joseph Milson (Read by)

    • Lyndsey Marshal (Read by)

    • Nicky Henson (Read by)

    • Pippa Nixon (Read by)

    • Samuel Barnett (Read by)

    • Tamsin Greig (Read by)

    • Tim Pigott-Smith (Read by)

    • Toby Jones (Read by)

    A radio anthology of George Orwell’s finest novels, memoirs and essays, plus four biographical dramas

    Visionary author and journalist George Orwell was the man behind two of the best-loved and most influential novels of the 20th century: Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. This collection celebrating his life and work features dramatisations of both these classic books, with stellar casts including Christopher Eccleston, Pippa Nixon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tamsin Greig and Nicky Henson.

    Also included is a drama based on his autobiographical account of the Spanish Civil War, Homage to Catalonia, starring Joseph Millson and Lyndsey Marshal. Four biographical radio plays by Mike Walker and Jonathan Holloway – Burma, Dreaming, Loving and Jura – explore further episodes in Orwell’s fascinating life, showing the disconnection between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell. Down and Out in Paris and London is a vivid full-cast adaptation of Orwell’s memoir of living among the poor in two of Europe’s great cities, starring Samuel Barnett.

    Timeless examples of his essays and journalism are also showcased here, including ‘A Hanging’, ‘Confessions of a Book Reviewer’, ‘My Country Right or Left’, ‘Pleasure Spots’ and ‘As I Please’ (all read by Clive Merrison).

    Track listing:
    1-2: Nineteen Eighty-Four
    3-4: Animal Farm
    5-6: Homage to Catalonia
    7: Burma
    8: Dreaming
    9: Loving
    10: Jura
    11-12: Down and Out in Paris and London
    13: A Hanging
    14: Confessions of a Book Reviewer
    15: My Country Right or Left
    16: Pleasure Spots
    17: As I Please

    Production cast and credits
    Written by George Orwell
    First published 1931 (‘A Hanging’), 1933 (Down and Out in Paris and London), 1938 (Homage to Catalonia), 1940 (‘My Country Right or Left’), 1943-1947 (‘As I Please’), 1945 (Animal Farm), 1946 (‘Confessions of a Book Reviewer’, ‘Pleasure Spots’), 1949 (Nineteen Eighty-Four)

    Nineteen Eighty-Four
    Winston Smith – Christopher Eccleston
    Julia – Pippa Nixon
    O'Brien – Tim Pigott-Smith
    Parsons – Kim Wall
    Charrington – Robert Blythe
    Syme – Sam Alexander
    Prostitute – Susie Riddell
    With Christine Absalom, Don Gilet, Joe Sims and Joshua Swinney
    Dramatised by Jonathan Holloway
    Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 10-17 February 2013

    Animal Farm
    Narrator – Tamsin Greig
    Napoleon – Nicky Henson
    Snowball – Patrick Brennan
    Boxer – Ralph Ineson
    Clover – Liza Sadovy
    Major – Robert Blythe
    Benjamin – Paul Stonehouse
    Mollie – Lizzy Watts
    With Ben Crowe, Will Howard and Gerard McDermott
    Adapted from his own novel by George Orwell
    Directed by Alison Hindell
    Musical director: Neil Brand
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 January 2013

    Homage to Catalonia
    Eric Blair – Joseph Millson
    Eileen Blair – Lyndsey Marshal
    Georges Kopp – Ewan Bailey
    Spanish volunteer – Javier Marzan
    Jack – Hywel John
    Henry Miller – Richard Laing
    John McNair – John McAndrew
    Benjamin – Jon Lolis
    Idris – Ben McGregor
    Tom Gallagher – Gareth Pierce
    Fascist militiaman – Asier Newman
    Adapted by Mike Walker
    Directed by Kate McAll
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 27 January-3 February 2013

    Burma
    Eric Blair – Joseph Millson
    Jacintha Buddicom – Sophie Roberts
    Wilson – Joseph Kloska
    Inspector d’Souza – Ernest Ignatius
    Burmese youth – Armaan Kirmani
    Man on Train – Derek Riddell
    Ted – Alun Raglan
    Written by Mike Walker
    Directed by Kate McAll
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 January 2013

    Dreaming
    Eric Blair – Joseph Millson
    Eileen Blair – Lyndsey Marshal
    Georges Kopp – Ewan Bailey
    Tommy – Paul Stonehouse
    With Ben Crowe and Will Howard
    Written by Mike Walker
    Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4 February 2013

    Loving
    Eric Blair – Joseph Millson
    Eileen O’Shaughnessy/Blair – Lyndsey Marshal
    Len – Alun Raglan
    Written by Jonathan Holloway
    Directed by Kate McAll
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11 February 2013

    Jura
    Eric Blair – Joseph Millson
    Avril Blair – Liza Sadovy
    Ricky Blair – James Foster
    Henry – Will Howard
    Lucy – Alexandra Guelff
    Jane – Lizzy Watts
    Written by Jonathan Holloway
    Directed by Jeremy Mortimer
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18 February 2013

    Down and Out in Paris and London
    George Orwell – Samuel Barnett
    Boris/Reginald/Doctor – Stephen Greif
    Madame Falaise – Claire Vousden
    Paddy – Jim Norton
    Brenda – Naomi Frederick
    Bozo – Trevor Peacock
    With Rachel Bavidqe, Sam Dale, John Dougall, Jasmine Callan, Anthony Glennon, John Dougall and Jason Thorpe
    Adapted by Peter G Morgan
    Produced by Steven Canny
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22 and 29 April 2007

    ‘A Hanging’, 'Confessions of a Book Reviewer', 'My Country Right or Left', Pleasure Spots' & 'As I Please'
    Read by Clive Merrison
    Produced by David Jackson Young
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 18-22 February 2013

RELEASED 18/06/2020

George Orwell (Author) George Orwell (1903–1950) is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. He is the author of the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is also well known for his essays and journalism, particularly his works covering his travels and his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His writing is celebrated for its piercing clarity, purpose and wit and his books continue to be bestsellers all over the world. Mike Walker (Author) Mike Walker is an award-winning dramatist, documentary writer and author. He has adapted many classic novels for BBC Radio 4, including War and Peace, On the Beach and A Tale of Two Cities, which won him the Bronze Sony Award for Best Drama in 2012. Among his original radio plays are Alpha - winner of the Sony Drama Award (World Service); its companion play Omega; Landfall, The Product and the Plantagenet series of historical dramas. He has also written several novels, including one for young adults, Bad Company.